State Rep. Aaron Miller this week voted in favor of a new emergency-budget plan, adding an additional $125 million to help the state and local communities respond to coronavirus.
The measure brings the total state funding approved to $150 million. The plan will provide $50 million for immediate needs such as virus monitoring and testing, $50 million for critical health care providers to expand capacity for coronavirus response and $50 million to keep in reserve for when necessary.
The plan also will make it easier to use federal assistance related to coronavirus.
Miller conceded Michigan and the rest of the world are in trying times. As a result, people must act wisely and proactively, Miller added, noting that the Michigan Legislature continues to do so by approving additional funding necessary to provide more rapid testing, appropriate treatment response and potentially save lives.